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Checking off the buck-et list on Alpena’s opening day

Hanging up a back at Alpena's 7th Annual Buck Pole. (November 15, 2018)


ALPENA – Dr. David Dargis held Alpena’s 7th Annual Buck Pole near the old Brett’s Auto. A one day event that encouraged all hunters to bring in their prize. 14 bucks were brought up to the pole. The top buck prize belonged to Frederick Male Sr. with his 163 pound, eight-point buck with four points on each beam. He was so happy to get the buck on opening day.

“I had seen it from 125 yards away and I knew it was big,” said Male Sr. “One shot and down. It’s like a national holiday to us.

The second place buck and top teen prize was won by ninth grader Logan Momrick. His 162 pound, eight-pointer with a 15 1/2 inch spread was a buck he almost didn’t bring in, but Momrick’s hunting partner, his mom, knew this could be special.

“It’s pretty fun because she just never gets to do stuff with me like that, so having her there was pretty fun,” said Momrick.

Buck poles are exciting for Northeast Michiganders. This year since opening day was on Thursday, schools were off for two days.

“It’s part of our culture,” said Dargis. “It’s part of our heritage. We’re hunters. It’s part of who we are.”

Randy Peltz took home third place with a nine-pointer.